Tony is a hugely popular after dinner speaker at corporate events up and down the country and his warm, dry style and aptitude for ad-libbing makes him an ideal choice as a host for award ceremonies.
He has hosted The PPG Travel Awards with Joanna Lumley, The British Book Awards, The Property Awards, The Security Excellence Awards, The Houseware Awards, The Beauty Awards and The Packaging Awards, with many of the satisfied clients having taken the opportunity to make a return booking.
Tony Hawks is the author of the bestseller Round Ireland with a Fridge - the story of his absurd quest to hitch round the circumference of Ireland within a month... with a fridge. The book became a top 10 Sunday Times bestseller in 1998, was serialised on BBC Radio 4, and led to a six month TV advertising campaign for HARP Irish Lager. It has now sold over 300,000 copies worldwide including the US and Australia, and has been translated into several languages.
His second book Playing the Moldovans at Tennis, published in trade paperback by Ebury Press has now sold well over 100 thousand copies. The book was serialised on BBC R4 over Christmas. The story charts his latest foolhardy attempt to win a bet, which involved tracking down all the members of the national football team of Moldova and beating them at tennis one by one. Tony's book was shortlisted for both the Samuel Johnson Prize (2000) for non-fiction writing and the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize (2000).
He has appeared frequently on TV comedy programmes such as: Have I Got News For You, They Think It's All Over, Paul Merton, A Bit of Fry and Laurie and Red Dwarf. He also hosted the BBC1 programme, The Best Show in the World Ever ... Probably.
Tony Hawks is a regular guest on radio programmes including The News Quiz, Just a Minute, and I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, and recently he presented his own series on Radio 4, Tony Hawks' Lost Weekends.
Tony says -
"The best thing in my kitchen is the fridge I travelled around Ireland with for my book, 'Round Ireland With A Fridge', which was the result of a £100 bet. The first time I went to Ireland, I actually saw an old bloke hitching with a fridge and I couldn't believe my eyes. I told the story at a dinner party and happened to say that Ireland was the one place in the world where you could get away with doing that. Someone said they didn't believe I could hitch-hike around the circumference of Ireland with a fridge, and I ended up taking the bet, telling my agent I'd be away for a month, buying a fridge and heading off. It was the most amazing month I've ever spent.
"My second book is the result of another challenge - from Arthur Smith, a comedian and my Red Dwarf co-star in 'Backwards'. He suggested I play tennis against the entire Moldovan football team, which was logistically a lot harder than it sounds and involved going to three countries. I enjoyed the Irish challenge more, but I preferred writing 'Playing The Moldovans At Tennis'. I've learned a lot from both of them.
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